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“Former President George W. Bush defended his administration’s handling of the war in Afghanistan on Sunday [November 14, 2010], telling CNN that some NATO allies who contributed troops to the conflict ‘turned out not to be willing to fight.’ In an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley, Bush strongly refuted criticism that his administration took its ‘eye off the ball’ in Afghanistan when he ordered troops to invade Iraq. He said he ordered American forces to overthrow Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with the assumption that allied forces would help make up the difference in Afghanistan. ‘What happened in Afghanistan was that our NATO allies, some of them, turned out not to be willing to fight,’ Bush said. ‘Therefore, our assumption that we had ample troops–U.S. and NATO troops–turned out to be a not-true assumption. So we adjusted.’ ”

 – “Bush Says Some NATO Allies let U.S. Down in Afghanistan,” CNN.com, Nov. 15, 2010

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